Getting ready for the Drovers Markets to be held at the Winsome Hotel in Lismore are market organiser Shawn Paris (left), of Li
Getting ready for the Drovers Markets to be held at the Winsome Hotel in Lismore are market organiser Shawn Paris (left), of Li

Market days part of pub?s grand vision

By NERIDA BLOK

TRANSFORMING the grounds behind Lismore's Winsome Hotel into a bustling creative market is part of Dallas Bayly's grand vision.

The former Sydney property developer, who reopened the iconic North Lismore hotel in May this year after spending more than $2 million on renovations, said he was keen to do his part to support the local art and craft market.

"I want to create an outlet for people to express themselves," he said.

"A colourful alternative to the mainstream markets."

The 'Drovers Markets', as they will be known, will be held every second and fourth Sunday of the month, starting November 13, from 10am-3pm.

Mr Bayly said the focus would be on food and wine, but they would also tie in with the mini-golf course and skating rink next door.

"I think it will be the first market on licensed premises ? possibly in Australia," he said. "So people can actually have a beer or a wine while they shop, skate or play golf."

Friend and market organiser Shawn Paris said the family-friendly markets would boast artists, stallholders, buskers, performers and creative workshops.

Mr Paris said the first two workshops would be on 'make and carve your own sandstone' and, the following fortnight, 'prosthetic latex make-up'.

The idea behind naming the markets was linked to the 1925 stables at the back of the hotel, which Mr Bayly also plans to restore and use to display farming memorabilia.

"We're actually going to have people arrive on horses and have whip-cracking displays," he said.

"It will be a step back in time."

Mr Bayly said renovations on the Winsome Hotel itself were still being made to guest rooms upstairs and a fine-dining verandah restaurant.

He said he hoped to have both ready for when the markets started.

An outdoor cinema down by the river was also on the agenda.

To become a stallholder contact Mr Paris on 66227662, or to donate farming memorabilia call Mr Bayly on 0413252252.



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